MIDLANDS FOUR EAST (SOUTH): Bedford Swifts 57 Bourne 12
Bourne joint-coach John Forbes had to plug one of the gaps left by a number of changes to a side much too weakened to beat Bedford Swifts.
We played quite well and our tackling was much better, but we just made silly errors that the opposition capitalised onBourne 1st XVs joint-coach John Forbes
Forbes blamed “silly errors” for the heavy defeat in which prop Neil Wood and flanker John Hume scored the tries against a rampant Swifts at Barkers Lane.
But with no relegation from Midlands Four East (South), Forbes said: “We played quite well, given we were very much a makeshift side having made five or six changes from the normal line-up.
“Our tackling was much better but we just made silly errors that the opposition capitalised on.
“We were unfortunate not to score a couple more tries because of poor decision-making, including our kicks which weren’t hugging the touchline but drifting in midfield, so the scoreline flattered Bedford.
“But they deserved the win because they were the better side.”
Swifts came out full of intent in the first 20 minutes, building up a useful lead before Wood drove over after good build-up play from the Bedford half.
More pressure from the home side followed until the latter part of the game when Hume benefited from Bourne pressing up the line to drive through the forwards to score.
Forbes said: “In the first 20 minutes of each half, Bedford were very aggresive and that was when they scored the majority of the points.
“But in the second part of each half, we came back a bit which was when Wood and Hume scored their tries.
“We have to be a bit more clinical in our play and training together is the key aspect for us as the unfamiliarity of playing with each other is holding back.”